Gov. Murphy’s Commitment to Help Working Families Must Include Child Care Plan

ACNJ statement on Governor Murphy’s budget address
January 15, 2019

Today, Cecilia Zalkind, president and CEO of Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), released the following statement on Governor Phil Murphy’s State of the State address:

“ACNJ applauds Governor Murphy’s commitment to New Jersey’s working families and their children, particularly his support of continued preschool expansion. However, one of the biggest costs for working families in New Jersey is child care, averaging $220 per week for an infant in a licensed center. Families are burdened by the cost of child care, which rivals housing and college costs as a percentage of family budgets. New Jersey cannot support its working families without a stronger child care system.”

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Advocates for Children of New Jersey is a statewide, non-profit child research and action organization, committed to giving every child the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated.

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